As promised a few days ago... but first, a warning: I am a big fan of Connaught Place in Fairfax (same owners as subject restaurant), so I might tend to forgiving rather than critical.
The menu is mostly Indian, but a few dishes are Indian-spiced versions from other cuisines. For example, under starters you can get Portobello Mushroom Pizza: "grilled portobello topped with our fresh made tomato-onion sauce and... (paneer)"; also falafel and taro root salad. They also make a lamb chop stew with vegetables and basmati rice, and a seafood gumbo.
Our group ordered the taro root salad, mildly spiced with fresh ginger, the Indian-style falafel (with spinach and chick peas), spring rolls stuffed with chicken and corn, and vegetable pakoras.
For main courses we had dhaniya gosht (with lamb, also offered with goat), nargisi kofta (minced-lamb coated hard-boiled eggs in tomato sauce), lauki kofta (grated gourd dumplings in the same tomato sauce), kurkuri bhindi (fried okra and onions), and paneer makai (spiced corn and paneer). All the dishes were tasty, competently executed, and rather mildly spiced. I mean mild as opposed to aggressive, rather than as opposed to hot. There were no earth-shattering revelations here. I'd say it was a nice change of pace from Connaught, where we dine once a week or so, but it won't replace Connaught in our hearts.
I intend to go back soon for the biryani with goat, because goat is so hard to find in restaurants and I really like it.
The location is rather odd; it's outside but connected to Tyson's Corner Center, close to Hecht's. The view of the parking garage is muted by window shades. The interior is sparse but pleasant.
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